Hometown: Beijing, China
What I miss the most Due to Virtual Term: The people, the campus and all its activities that bond people together. And definitely big announcements—such as Free Day announcements—that generate excitement. Though we now have School Meeting online, it is still hard to feel the actual happiness and connection that you would feel in person. From 100% boarding to virtual terms, this is a complete change: not being able to see my classmates’ happy faces and enjoy dorm functions is so weird. I wish I could go back someday.
Favorite SAS memory/tradition/place: I would say family-style lunch, since it was one of the traditions that brought the students and faculties together. Unlike some of my friends’ schools that have cafeteria lunch every day, at SAS we instead sit down like a family and discuss our day. The idea of this brings me deep warmth whenever I think of it. The tradition of family-style lunches unites all of us, and that is something that was really important to me as an international student, living far away from home.
Powerful Experience: I used to be really impatient when it came to solving problems. From classes at St. Andrew’s, I realized that the discussion process is really important. Instead of throwing around concepts, we discussed our way out of each problem, and I discovered this is the most essential part of learning.
Recall in a Decade: Definitely its people and the connection.
Three Words to describe SAS: Warm, forgiving/inclusive, respectful.
Advice to Underclassmen & Future Students: Don’t work too much—participate more in activities because you will miss these later. Try new things and you will be surprised to find something inspiring!
Long-Term Hopes & Aspirations: To come back to St. Andrew’s since this year didn’t end quite properly.